Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Afghan Hound

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Afghan Hound, Animal Care, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Afghan Hound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Afghan HoundPicking a pet identification tag for your Afghan Hound is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute usually ends up being unwise, long-term.

Think about the following prior to buying any pet id tag for your Afghan Hound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Afghan Hound?
Lost Afghan Hounds are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Afghan Hound!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Afghan Hounds lying on the edge of the road. If your Afghan Hound is a master at hopping your fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Afghan Hound is high.

But losing your Afghan Hound isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Afghan Hounds get stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Afghan Hound if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Afghan Hound, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Afghan Hound’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Afghan Hounds are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are several ways to determine the value of your Afghan Hound. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Afghan Hound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Afghan Hound owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Afghan Hounds are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Most pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Afghan Hound’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Afghan Hound these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Afghan Hound’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Afghan Hounds

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